Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center is conducting a training program for Community Health Workers (CHWs) and Community Health Representatives (CHRs) located in New Mexico to increase their knowledge and skills in caring for diabetes patients in their own communities. This unique program for health workers is being provided by Project ECHO at no cost to New Mexico participants. Participants do not need a degree or certification to join the training program. Participants who successfully finish the program will receive a Certificate of Completion from Project ECHO.

The Diabetes Community Health Worker Training Program has been structured to work in conjunction with tasks performed by CHWs and CHRs in everyday clinic and home care settings. It combines hands-on, face-to-face, and experiential learning with distance education in an effort to reduce travel and time burdens for participants and their clinics — the paraprofessionals will remain in their communities working with their patients during the majority of training.

Participants will learn from one another in a supportive and culturally appropriate environment. In collaboration with diabetes specialists, the program has involved experienced community health workers and representatives in the planning, curriculum, and evaluation activities of the program. The training recognizes the skills, expertise, and knowledge that CHWs and CHRs already have, while expanding that foundation into patient education, self‐care, and clinical skills relevant to the care of diabetes patients in their communities. Clinics will benefit from the added competencies that the CHW or CHR will bring to the healthcare team.

For more information, please contact Venice Ceballos at 505-925-4669 or or Ray Baca at 505-272-6205 or